Infinity Wind Power, a California based company, announced the finalized purchase of the Pioneer Wind Project in Ford County from Clipper Windpower Development. In June of 2012, Infinity acquired two Kansas projects in Ford, Gray and Finney counties from Zephyr Wind Power, based in Cimarron.
According to a release from Infinity, the two acquisitions combined have the potential to produce more than 1,500 megawatts (MW) of wind energy once fully operational. Infinity Wind Power CEO Matt Riley was quoted in the release.
"We are making these investments in western Kansas in anticipation of future transmission line infrastructure reaching the region. Kansas has been a strong leader nationally for the wind industry and we hope that continues through the rest of the decade," Riley said.
The transmission line infrastructure Riley referenced is the Green Belt Express Clean Line, a high voltage direct current transmission line currently being developed by Clean Line Energy Partners. Once completed, the transmission line will collect 3,500 MW of low-cost wind energy from the central and southern plains and export that power to markets in Missouri, Indiana and points farther east. Construction on the Green Belt Express transmission line is scheduled to begin construction as early as 2015. The wind projects in Finney, Ford, Gray and Hodgeman Counties are scheduled to start construction by 2016 to ensure they will be operational in 2018 when energy is able to flow to those new markets.
The Green Belt Express Clean Line is forecasted to enable approximately $7 billion of direct investment in long-lasting infrastructure, resulting in more than 5,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs to the state of Kansas, according to the press release.
While the route of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line has not yet been determined, Clean Line Energy Partners is seeking input from the public the route is developed and refined.
More information on the route will be presented at a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Magourik Conference Center in Dodge City. The company plans to use feedback from the public and landowners with property within a three mile radius of the 'planning corridors.'
To RSVP for the open house, call 1-(855) 358-4340 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Facts about the Grain Belt Express Clean Line
-The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will deliver three Hoover Dams worth of energy per year, enough for more than 1.4 million homes, based on average electricity consumption.
-The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by 10 million tons per year, nitrogen oxides pollution (a contributor to smog) by 10,000 tons per year, and it will reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (a precursor to acid rain) by 14,000 tons per year.
-The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will reduce water withdrawal from lakes and rivers by 4 billion gallons per year. Because thermal plants require a large amount of water to cool and power steam turbines, displacing nonrenewable generation saves a tremendous amount of water.
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